»It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.«
– Henry Ford
Our old monetary and economic systems are actually not so hard to understand at all but they are made artificially complicated. The quotation from Henry Ford explains why. In the present book the author is trying to explain in the simplest possible way why our existing system cannot function at all. However, that is not the main purpose of the book. It would be irresponsible to explain why the existing system does not work and then leave the readers standing out in the rain.
The aim of this book, dear reader, is to encourage you to desire the simplest solution which is and always has been available to humankind: following nature’s model! Nature has functioned for billions of years. She has produced something as destructive and harmful to the environment as human beings. She has put up with their actions and accompanied them in their evolution. And nature still functions – in spite of human beings!
If we human beings actually have no idea about how to live peacefully in symbiosis with each other and nature, then please at any rate let us imitate nature’s brilliant inventions. Nature has no copyright, no intellectual property or patents. She invites us to marvel at her masterwork and learn how life works.
Nature is complex but not complicated and her fundaments are easy to understand. With a little observational talent, love and ability to abstract, we can translate her mode of functioning to our monetary and economic systems, thereby obtaining a road map to lead us out of our self-made hell and back to paradise.
You, too, will probably understand the content of this book. You will remember what you always knew but was educated out of you during the course of your life. Maybe you were already told in your childhood that the world unfortunately does not work as simply as you imagined; and because all adults said that you accepted that they must be right.
However, the world does work so simply: it is as simple as nature is simple. In her simplicity nature accomplishes the most complex of miracles. Human beings are the only complicated species in the world and have the irresistible urge to complicate everything that is simple and up to now they have succeeded well in this. They have now made the world so complicated that it cannot go on existing as it is. And that is our great chance for changing direction.